Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Kampala Day Safari Tour to Ngamba Island – Visit to Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary-Uganda


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This island is located 23 km offshore from Entebbe.  It is a forested island of 100 acres.  It provides a safe haven for orphaned chimpanzees that are free to roam on this wonderful island. It offers a unique opportunity for close viewing of chimpanzees in their natural environment. Pre-arranged supplementary feeding times (11.00 am & 3.00 pm each day) brings the chimpanzees to within meters of the raised walkway specially designed for easy viewing and provide excellent photographic opportunities

Background Information about Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary On Lake Victoria.


Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 by the Born Free Foundation (UK), International Fund for Animal Welfare (USA), the Jane Goodall Institute (Germany and Uganda), The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust (UWECT) and the Zoological Board of New South Wales (Australia) and it provides these orphaned chimpanzees with a secure home to live out their lives, since a return to their natural habitat is not possible, while educating visitors and local communities about their remarkable species and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat.

The Chimpanzee Island consists of approximately 100 acres, 98 of which are forested and separated from the visitors area by an electric fence. Ngamba Island was officially opened to visitors in October 1999 and is currently home to 40 orphaned chimpanzees.
Have a Close-Up Chimpanzee Encounter – And Make A Difference in the Lives of Chimpanzees!
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary offers chimpanzee encounters including:

Day Trips… (Half day on the speedboat and a full day on the traditional boat)
You will view either a morning or afternoon feeding, of the chimpanzees from the visitors platform area along the edge of the sanctuary fence, hear an informative talk by sanctuary staff, enjoy lunch (optional extra on full day trips), swimming on the equator, viewing a neighbouring fishing village, bird watching, other wildlife encounters, or just sunbathe and relax.

Meeting point: In Entebbe outside UWEC (Zoo) where safe parking is available and departure from the pier a short walk away. Journey times approximately 50 minutes by speedboat or 90 minutes each way by traditional motorised boat.
Speedboat Departure Times – Half day trips
Morning viewing 9.00am -1.00pm
Afternoon viewing 12.45pm- 5.00pm

  • Speedboat 1 – capacity of up to 5 passengers. An 18 foot sea going ski boat with single foam filled hull, powered by a Yamaha 140HP outboard engine, sun canopy and life jackets on board.

  • Speedboat 2 – capacity of up to 10 passengers. A 25 foot speed boat, powered by 2 X Yamaha 140HP outboard engines, sun canopy and life jackets on board.

  • Speedboat 3 – capacity of up to 14 passengers. A 36 foot boat powered by 2 X  Yamaha 140HP outboard engines with sun & rain canopy and life jackets on board.

Traditional Motorised Boat – Full day trips
Morning viewing 08.00am – 3.00pm
Afternoon viewing 10.30am – 5.00pm

  • A Traditional Motorised boat – modified for tourist traveling on Lake Victoria with a capacity of up to 20 passengers. Life jackets and rain suites are provided for all on board our boats.

Prices – Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary – Half / Full Day Visits
Prices effective January – December 2013 and dependent on confirmed minimum numbers on board
Boat transfer by Speedboat – Approximately 50 minutes, weather dependant

Includes:  Informative tour and chimpanzee viewing, entrance fees for the Island Sanctuary and the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.
Prices from USD110 – per person – subject to minimum numbers on board.
Boat transfer by Traditional boat – Approximately 90 minutes, weather dependant

Includes: Informative tour and chimpanzee viewing, entrance fees for the Island Sanctuary and the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.
Prices from USD93- per person – subject to minimum numbers on board.
Children under 5 years – FREE OF CHARGE. Between 5-15 years – HALFPRICE.

Special rates also available for Ugandan Nationals, school groups, International wholesalers.

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